“…Come on, do the right thing. Delay just means more death and suffering. Flatten the goddamned curve…”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) still has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”
Yesterday morning on Show Me Progress I put up a post titled “Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor?,” highlighting the Lafayette County Commission’s “stay at home” ordinance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – as opposed to the refusal of Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) to do the same. There has been a precipitous rise in cases in Lafayette County.
The post caused a significant traffic spike. Significant as in the largest number of daily “hits” in almost five years of operating on this platform.
With a traffic spike comes comments and trolling. Show Me Progress is set so that I must personally approve all comments before they’re posted. I see the IP address and the e-mail of the commenter, along with their typed remarks.
I try not to engage right wingnuts directly. By any definition of their thought processes and ideology, it’ a colossal waste of time. I generally delete their comments as they’re in moderation. There’s an old music adage: “You can’t teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” So, I tend to delete trolling comments and ignore them.
Unless it amuses me.
Yesterday morning I received the following, unedited (it went into the trash):
All the armchair warriors .. Your not in charge!
Till you are in control if your (R) or (D) sit back and be quiet.
Your time to comment comes at the polling station.
Since we don’t have all the information we must assume the decisions are best for the majority
Even if it’s not good for you..
A champion of the First Amendment, eh? And don’t start with, “wait, aren’t you censoring this person?” Don’t be an idiot. The First Amendment applies to government action. If trolls want to spew stupidity on the Internets they are perfectly free and able to start their own blog. A place where people can freely choose to read their drivel, or not.
You think they kept their opinion and counsel, not speaking out, from January 2009 to January 2017? Right…
“Even if it’s not good for you..” Seriously, someone believes that. “The needs of the 1%, outweigh the needs of the many” is quite a moral perversion.
That deference to authority figure(s) “…[s]ince we don’t have all the information…” is the ultimate laziness in the Information Age. Such laziness as a foundation for all other social behavior is so 21st century.
Grammar and incoherence aside, somebody should inform this poor person that the current governor of Missouri was not elected to that office.
This (unedited) also went into the trash:
Your article is a hit piece not news. Governor Parsons is doing a great job. In case you are not aware of this we live in a federal style of government. Therefore the local towns can issue a stay at home order when necessary. The whole state does not need to shut down. Show some respect.
Show some respect, learn to spell your governor’s name.
Something, something, Federalism backwards. Ignore actual expertise (science! math!). Ignore the problems in a pandemic (science! math!) generated by a patchwork of responses from county to county, and town to town, because, you know, people don’t ever travel from one place to the other. [That’s how a fucking pandemic works.] Ergo, tautology. Deference to authority, no matter how incompetent. Obvious ignorance of the concept of exponential growth. And willfully ignoring that rural Missouri doesn’t have the health care capacity to deal with the exponential growth of cases of COVID-19 to come.
If I’d bothered to answer this one directly it would have been: “Fuck off, you Neolithic self-righteous sociopathic prig. How’s that for the respect you deserve?”
There are hotspots across Missouri. Urban, suburban, and rural. The whole state does need to shut down. Lives are at stake.
Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].
Well, Governor Parson (r)?
Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
Another gun bill, introduced today by Representative Andrew McDaniel (r):
Establishes the McDaniel Militia Act, which requires every person between 18 and 35 years of age who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 and authorizes a tax credit for a purchase of an AR-15
Sponsor: McDaniel, Andrew (150)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 2290H.01I
Last Action: 02/27/2019 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1108
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
Why an AR-15, why not a Type 56? Just asking. They can buy Missouri farmland, we can buy their firearms. Win-win.
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1052
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCDANIEL. 2259H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk
To amend chapters 41 and 135, RSMo, by adding thereto two new sections relating to the McDaniel Second Amendment Act.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapters 41 and 135, RSMo, are amended by adding thereto two new sections, to be known as sections 41.1020 and 135.785, to read as follows:
41.1020. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “McDaniel Second Amendment Act”.
2. As used in this section, the following terms mean:
(1) “Handgun”, a pistol, revolver, or other firearm designed to be held in one hand that is capable of firing .22 caliber ammunition or larger;
(2) “Resident”, a resident of this state who is twenty-one years of age or older and is not prohibited by law or court order from possessing a firearm.
3. Every resident of this state shall own at least one handgun.
4. Any resident twenty-one years of age or older who does not own a handgun on 10 August 28, 2019, shall have one year to purchase a handgun. Any resident who becomes twenty-one years of age after August 28, 2019, and does not own a handgun shall purchase a handgun no later than one year after becoming twenty-one years of age.
5. A resident may sell a handgun provided that the resident owns at least one handgun at all times.
135.785. 1. As used in this section, the following terms mean:
(1) “Handgun”, the same meaning as the term is defined under section 41.1020;
(2) “Taxpayer”, an individual subject to the state income tax under chapter 143.
2. For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, a taxpayer who did not own a handgun before he or she was required to own a handgun under section 41.1020 and who purchased a handgun in order to satisfy the requirements of section 41.1020 shall be allowed to claim a tax credit against such taxpayer’s income tax liability under chapter 143, excluding withholding tax imposed by sections 143.191 to 143.265, equal to seventy-five percent of the cost of the handgun purchased.
3. The total amount of tax credits authorized under this section shall not exceed one million dollars per tax year. Tax credits shall be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
4. No tax credit claimed under this section shall be refundable.
5. The department of revenue may promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2019, shall be invalid and void.
6. Under section 23.253 of the Missouri sunset act:
(1) The provisions of the new program authorized under this section shall automatically sunset on December thirty-first six years after the effective date of this section unless reauthorized by an act of the general assembly;
(2) If such program is reauthorized, the program authorized under this section shall automatically sunset on December thirty-first twelve years after the effective date of the reauthorization of this section; and
(3) This section shall terminate on September first of the calendar year immediately 30 following the calendar year in which the program authorized under this section is sunset.
“…This section shall be known and may be cited as the ‘McDaniel Second Amendment Act’…”
Uh, did the sponsor name the act after himself? Just asking.
“…’Handgun’, a pistol, revolver, or other firearm designed to be held in one hand that is capable of firing .22 caliber ammunition or larger…”
Well, maybe a miniature trebuchet with a wrist strap could work. You think?
“…Every resident of this state shall own at least one handgun…”
Do shares count? Just asking.
Damn. Think of the entrepreneurial possibilities! “Yes, I’d like to buy a 1/1000 share in a handgun. Maybe something in a nine milimeter.” “Why, yes, and your share comes with photo and a nicely engraved proof of ownership certificate. Visitation rights are extra.”
“…A resident may sell a handgun provided that the resident owns at least one handgun at all times…”
I dunno, I think the share thing could still work.
“…The total amount of tax credits authorized under this section shall not exceed one million dollars per tax year…”
Can you still get a tax credit if you 3D print your own handgun? Just asking. That might make the tax credit go farther.
The bill does include a sunset clause. Your right wingnut controlled General Assembly, always ready with the unintentional irony.
…I think some of my Republican colleagues are hiding and don’t want to come out and do town halls. Especially the members of Congress…
… Have any of them [Vicky Hartzler (r), Anne Wagner (r)] done town halls that you know of? I don’t think any of them have done a town hall. You know, if you can’t do a town hall I’m not sure why you would run. I think you’re supposed to be serving the public. I’m pretty sure, so…
Yesterday, via Twitter:
B Yates @OldDrum
Great. Where can we find your schedule for townhall meetings with your regular constituents?
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Had a great day touring Windsor and meeting with the community leaders there #MO4
Donald Trump recently told reporters that Mexico would reimburse American taxpayers for the cost of building and maintaining his proposed border wall “later.” This course of action would be in direct contradiction to his campaign promise that Mexico would pay to build a southern border wall at no cost to American citizens.
Instead of placing the economic burden on American families (estimated at $25 Billion, without including yearly maintenance costs), we ask that Donald Trump use his vast economic resources to finance the construction of the wall, and arrange for Mexico to pay him back directly.
This would avoid placing an undue economic burden on the American taxpayer, while maintaining one of his key campaign promises.
Budget & Taxes, Homeland Security & Defense, Immigration
Needs 96,107 signatures by February 5, 2017 to get a response from the White House
The first mistake anyone made was in believing any of his campaign promises.
It’s speculation on my part, but the probability that the coming occupation of the White House will continue this petition process approaches zero. That’s sad, because it’s an easily accessible and harmless way for people to vent. And troll.
The coming occupant of the White House and his minions are quite sensitive to trolling. There are other and more effective ways to do so.